Dubai’s RiSE Festival has been postponed again

The biggest music and lantern festival has been delayed until further notice

Dubai’s RiSE Festival has been postponed again

In July 2019, we announced that Dubai would host RiSE – the world’s biggest music and lantern festival.

Hailing from the Mojave Desert (just on the outskirts of Las Vegas), the family-and community-style festival would end in a release of thousands of lanterns into the night sky and over the Dubai desert.

The festival was postponed to December 2019, and then again to February 2020 and it has now been postponed once again, but with no new date given.

An email was sent out to those who pre-registered which read:

“As you know, we’ve been planning with partners, stakeholders and authorities over the past year as we explore the opportunity of hosting our first ever festival outside of the US.

"These discussions are still on-going, and with sustainability always at the forefront of our decision-making process, we have ultimately decided to postpone RiSE Dubai until we can execute the festival to our highest level standards; for both participants and for the environment.

Dubai residents voiced their concern about the ecological impact on Dubai’s desert and overall affect the lanterns would have on the environment.

On the ecological impact on Dubai’s desert, organisers said “RiSE Festival has a ‘leave it better than we found it’ policy. Our lanterns are custom engineered to be 100 percent biodegradable and to have a short flight distance.

"After the event our cleaning crews recover all of the lanterns from the surrounding desert as well as any pre-existing litter in the area, leaving the desert cleaner than it was when we arrived.”

As always, watch this space for further updates.

If you’re looking for things to do in Dubai this month, we’ve rounded up 20 fantastic things to do in Dubai in February here.

From massive music names, live sport and more, there’s plenty to look forward to this month.

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